Washington: The United States deported almost 400,000 people in 2009, with just over a quarter of them described as criminals, the Homeland Security Department has said.
A total of "393,000 foreign nationals were removed from the United States, the seventh consecutive record high”, the DHS said in a statement. Most of the undocumented immigrants were from neighbouring Mexico.
Of the total number deported, 128,000 were criminals, the report added.
The overwhelming majority of those deported -- 72 percent -- were from neighbouring Mexico.
President Barack Obama has said his government would take on the thorny issue of immigration policy reform. There are more than 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States mostly from neighbouring Latin America.